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This web page offers information on how to properly dispose of garbage via the City of Iowa City curbside garbage collection programs and via self-hauling to the Landfill. 

Waste programs provided by the City of Iowa City/Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center are available to residents and businesses within Johnson County, Kalona, and Riverside. Materials from outside of this service area are not accepted. 

Residential Curbside Garbage Collection 

Single-family households and multiplexes of four units or fewer receive a 65-gallon City garbage cart for weekly curbside collection ($13/month on utility bill). The City maintains ownership of carts, and they must remain at the property where they were delivered. 

Iowa City is divided into five sectors for garbage pickup. View the garbage schedule to find your area and match the number to the week day in the map legend.

Additional garbage bags and special items, like electronics and appliances, will be picked up for an extra fee. 

There are a few areas throughout the city that are serviced by our white goods truck. Those areas will not be issued a City cart due to the garbage cans having to be manually lifted. For those areas, residents may use up to two 35-gallon garbage containers for their weekly pickup.

Curbside Customer Best Practices

Follow these guidelines to ensure successful and safe curbside collection. 

  • Place carts on a solid surface for pickup, such as the end of your driveway, or when snow is present, a cleared area of flat ground. Do not place carts on top of snowbanks. 
  • Do not overfill carts. City ordinance states the lids must be closed.
  • Bag all trash. 
  • Place carts at curb by 7 a.m. on your curbside day.
  • Keep at least 3-feet clear zone around each cart.
  • Face the arrows on cart lids to street.
  • Return carts to your storage area at end of curbside day.
  • Do not paint/write on carts.
  • Do not remove the carts from home.
  • Put carts at the curb only when full. 

Additional Garbage Bags

Do not overfill carts. Lids must be closed in order for staff to collect the waste materials, per the City's Solid Waste Rules and Regulations. 

Additional garbage bags (with City of Iowa City sticker) left curbside for pickup should be placed next to your trash cart.

  • All additional bags must have a City of Iowa City blue refuse sticker affixed to them.
  • Stickers ($2.50 each) can be purchased at:
    • Iowa City Hy-Vee stores at customer service counter
    • Iowa City Ace Hardware stores (Mall Drive and North Dodge Street locations)
    • City Hall Cashier, 410 E. Washington St.
  • Bags can be no larger than 35 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds.

Bulky Item Pickup

To schedule a bulky item pickup, please call Resource Management at 319-356-5151 or sign up via the online form.  Please note you will need the 7-digit account number and 6-digit customer number from your utility bill.  If you need your account information, please call (319) 356-5066. 

 Please call or sign up online at least two days in advance of your regular pickup day to schedule curbside collection of any of the following items:  

  • Large bulky items: items that cannot be broken down to fit in standard (35-gallon maximum) garbage container or bag.
    • Examples: chair, couch, mattress
    • Fee: $12.50 for the first item; $6 for each additional item per pickup
  • Electronics: computers, televisions, VCRs, printers, etc.
    • Electronic waste that does not have a CRT screen/monitor (printers, CPUs, VCRs) are $12.50 for the first item; $6 for each additional item.
    • Televisions and computer monitors: $21.50 per item. These are not allowed in the trash and must be recycled.
    • Electronic waste can also be taken to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, Iowa City, to be properly recycled. 
  • Appliances: appliances are not allowed in the trash. This includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, microwaves, water heaters, etc. Fee: $20 per appliance
  • Tires: tires are not allowed in the trash. Fees: $3.75 per tire not on rim; $7.50 per tire on rim
Sign up for a pickup via the online form.

Once pickup is scheduled, any of the above items will be collected on your regular collection day. Have items at curb by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup. Fees for collection will be added to your monthly utility bill. Additional fees could be charged if items are abandoned at the curb, or if items have not been scheduled for collection.

Call Resource Management at 319-356-5151 with questions.

Self-Hauling Garbage to the Iowa City Landfill 

For information on self-hauling garbage and recycling to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, visit the Landfill and Recycling Centers page

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